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Monday, September 23, 2013
From the author of the Roommate Romance series comes a breathtaking tale of a girl trying to escape her past and focus on her future, all while coping with lust at first sight when she least expects it. To be read as the first novel in the Cornerstone series, I give you the cover of Shuttered Affections...
Release Date: October 15, 2013
After escaping to a college town, Juliana Petersen was determined to put her troubled past behind her and make the most of life. She was satisfied with her current situation, or so she thought. It wasn’t until the day her new photography professor stole her parking spot that she realized there was such thing as lust at first sight. Now, she must struggle with the decision to break the rules and fall in love, or step back and let the chance of a lifetime pass her by—all while her past relationships come back to haunt her.
How many men will it take to break Julia’s hold on reality?
In an attempt to lighten the mood, I changed the subject. Uncrossing my legs, I planted my feet slightly apart in front of me and propped my elbows on my knees.
“I also brought some fruit… grapes and strawberries.” I smiled big at my attempt to be sweet.
“Ahh. Actually, grapes would be great, but I’m allergic to strawberries,” he said with a bashful look on his face.
“Oh, what a shame,” I said with a hint of seduction in my voice. “Because they’re very plump and juicy. I just love strawberries.”
“Oh, you do, do you?” he teased.
I nodded, biting my lip out of nervousness with what I was about to do.
Then, I did the most daring thing I could think of.
I grabbed one of the strawberries and slowly brought it to my mouth. I parted my lips and thrust my tongue slightly out to meet with the delicious red morsel. I bit down while sucking the juices slowly. My eyes fluttered and rolled shut as I enjoyed the delicious flavors bursting onto my taste buds. Seductively, I flicked the leftover green cap into the grass beside us, then began licking and sucking on the two fingers that were covered with the sticky juice.
After enjoying each slow chew, I opened my eyes to gaze upon a man with power and hunger in his eyes. Hunger for me.
The next thing I knew, Aiden was on his hands and knees, methodically making his way towards me.
Out of sheer instinct, I backed away while keeping my legs slightly apart and propping myself back on my arms. He continued his prowl until he was kneeling between my knees with both his hands braced beside me.
He edged closer to me, his lips hovering precariously close to mine. A sudden gasp of breath was all I could manage before our lips met.
His right hand steadied my upper back while he held himself up with his left, hovering over me. His chest pressed hot and hard against mine. Our tongues met and tangled together. I struggled for air but couldn’t pull away. He consumed me.
About the Author
Rene Folsom, author of paranormal romance and erotica, lives in Florida with her husband and three kids. She has officially diagnosed herself with creative ADD and, if it weren't for her day job as a web programmer, she would have a million and one writing projects going at once. In addition to web design, she is also a graphic artist who loves to create custom book cover designs for indie authors. She is definitely an artist at heart and would love nothing more than to be elbow deep in clay during her waking hours.
Rene believes that all fiction is based on some form of reality—otherwise we would never have the inspiration or knowledge to dream up the realistic situations we portray with our words. She is proud to say that her personal experiences have been inspirational, though perhaps not always identical to that of her fictional characters. Where reality and fantasy diverge, however, must remain her little secret…
Thursday, September 5, 2013
1. Stick with it
It took me five years to write “The Red Sun Rises”. I started, stopped and walked away from it more times than I can count. The thing is, it wouldn’t leave me alone. I couldn’t let it go. If you are in the same boat, I recommend sticking with it - no matter how frustrated or insecure you are. If you can’t get the story out of your head, it’s safe to assume it’s stuck for a reason - so take it as far as you can!
2. Don’t be scared to share your work
One of the reasons I kept scrapping “The Red Sun Rises” was because I was so insecure about it. It wasn’t until I started sharing my work with trusted friends that I was able to move past that. They helped me with structure, made me explain my choices and cheered me on. Sometimes it’s just nice to know someone wants to know what happens next. When someone else invests themselves in your writing, it makes it more real.
3. Writer’s block isn’t the end of the world
The dreaded block. It sucks, doesn’t it? I used to be very melodramatic about writer’s blog - it really can feel like the world is ending. I think it’s important to know why you’re blocked - has your inspiration run dry? Has a certain character hit a wall? Are you under too much pressure? You can’t fix it until you know what’s broken. As time goes on, you’ll be able to identify and fix the problem really quickly.
www.facebook.com/victoriakinnairdofficial - author page
https://www.facebook.com/events/204681176363539/ - release day party
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18332519-the-red-sun-rises - Goodreads
http://youtu.be/5hQXBonFYPE - Book trailer
Monday, September 2, 2013
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
It will, of course, appeal to historical romance or historical fiction readers. It should also appeal to anyone who loves a good love story.
How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
Upon Your Return came from a part of the dialogue between the two main characters.
Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?
The lovely Kayden McLeod did the cover art. Jimmy Thomas is the male cover model. When I put in the request form through the publisher, I wanted something that would invoke the harbor, the fact that Grant Hill, the hero is a captain. I also wanted something very romantic, and I think they achieved that quite well.
They did wonderfully! -Amanda
Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
It is so hard to choose. Of course, I am partial to Fara because there are a lot of things about her that I can relate to. She is a strong female character in a time where women were powerless. I also love Captain Hill as a character. He is so…um, hot.
*fans herself* Ooo yes he is!
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Oh, dear. I don’t want to give any spoilers away. Well, I really have no liking for the man Fara is promised to at the beginning of the book, Jean Le Croíx. He is a spoiled jerk.
If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
I guess it would be fun to have the book made into a movie. I have always seen the story playing in my head like one so it just seems fitting to see it that way in reality. Of course, that is just a dream, but one can always dream, right?
I think this is a wonderful idea!
Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
Interestingly, Upon Your Return is a part of a series. It is the first book of the Heiresses in Love series. In the course of the series, the characters visit many different locales, and I have found it so fascinating to go on those adventures with them.
Oh dear. I sense a lot of 'One Click" in my future!
What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?
It’s ironic that you say that. When I think of this series, I think a little of Catherine Coulter’s Devil’s Embrace. Only a little, of course. The story is totally different. I actually used that cover (the original) as the suggestion for this one. But, when I received the cover art for Upon Your Return, it was perfect for the story. I am so glad they went in that direction.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I can sing first soprano. And I write poetry occasionally.
I think we need prood of both of these. :P
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
You can certainly visit my website. http://www.marielavender.webs.com/
I have two blogs as well. http://marielavenderbooks.blogspot.com/
You can also connect with me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I just finished writing the sequel to Upon Your Return. It is titled Upon Your Honor. I will also be releasing an anthology before the end of the year. I have a romantic suspense in the works as well. On top of all of these projects, I do plan to re-release all 15 of my other published books under Marie Lavender (they are under other pen names now).
What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Feel free to tell your friends or tweet about it! Word of mouth is very effective. Reviews are also appreciated. J
Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
Never give up. The road is long and hard. But, as with most other things in life, if you keep trying, if you keep moving forward, it is worth it.
Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I’d like to thank you for letting me visit you and your readers today, Amanda!
Oh my goodness, thank YOU for stopping by!
And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:
Friday, August 30, 2013
Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life.I just want to say that I've read this book before and I loved it!
But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position.
Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms.
Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society in this exciting tale.
You can purchase Upon Your Return from Amazon or read more about it from Goodreads.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Kendall Grey is the self-appointed past, present, and future president of the Authors Behaving Badly Club. A whale warrior and indie freedom fighter, she spends summers in the corner (usually with a dunce cap on her head) and winters hunched at the peak of Mt. Trouble, fiery pens of fury (complete with invisible ink) flying across the pages. She has a big set of cajones, and she's not afraid to use them. In her spare time, Kendall speaks your mind so you don't have to.Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia but don't hold that against her.